Brandon Marshall, LB
Why would the Denver Broncos trade Brandon Marshall, a player who was so important to their Super Bowl 50 run back in 2015?
Marshall’s on-field production has dipped quite a bit since that 2015 season, and he tried this offseason to drop some weight so he could be better in coverage and in space.
Unfortunately, that has not really helped him take on 300-plus pound blockers in the run game in the NFL, and the Broncos’ second level of defense has looked awful at times this season.
Marshall is being pushed for playing time as it is by rookie Josey Jewell, who looks like he’s ready for a starting role in the NFL.
Marshall has two years left on his contract beyond this season, and the Broncos would eat $4 million in dead cap over the next two seasons if they trade him now, but some team looking for a weakside linebacker who can play well in space should be talking to the Broncos about Marshall.
He can be effective in a base 3-4 defense or in a nickel look, and he’s played in a lot of big games. He’s not as effective as he once was but in the right scheme, Marshall could be an effective player.
With what he’s being asked to do in Denver, he may no longer be a long-term fit.